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February 23 2017


Bees learn to play golf and show off how clever they really are

Bumblebees have shown they can learn how to push a ball into a hole to get a reward, staking their claim to be considered tool users
Google to elevate disagreement. Is your gut reaction valid?

Extinct Neanderthals still control expression of human genes

Early humans may have outcompeted Neanderthals, but their influence lives on in DNA some of us inherited after the two interbred

Plain packets help smokers quit by killing brand identities

Smokers no longer derive a sense of identity from cigarette brands after plain packaging rule was introduced in Australia, helping them to kick the habit

Voyager 1 might have seen Enceladus’ icy plumes 25 years early

A space image-processing enthusiast claims that he’s found signs of Saturn’s moon’s majestic plumes from 1980 – decades before they were discovered

Dozy drivers pose big dilemma for next step in autonomous cars

Should we build cars that let drivers relax most of the time? Soporific test drives are highlighting risks in the road map, says Jamais Cascio

Hiring tool uses behavioural science to stop recruitment bias

The platform, which replaces CVs with a whole new way of recruiting, aims to remove bias – but won’t always lead to more diversity

Effective altruism is re-inventing how we do good – can it work?

Philanthropy is full of fuzzy uncertainties. A new approach promises a scientific revolution in the art of giving. Are there hidden dangers?

Exoplanet discovery: Seven Earth-size exoplanets may have water

The small, cool star TRAPPIST-1 is one of the best places to look for life in the Milky Way: its seven rocky planets might all have water and atmospheres

The EU’s renewable energy policy is making global warming worse

Independent report concludes the massive subsidies for wood energy are increasing greenhouse emissions, and are a waste of public money

AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs

Software called DeepCoder has solved simple programming challenges by piecing together bits of borrowed code

You should be eating 10 pieces of fruit or veg every day, not 5

A review of 95 studies suggests we should be eating 10 portions of fruit and veg a day to reduce our chances of dying from a heart attack or cancer
NASA: Six earth-like planets orbiting one star just 37 ly away
Glucose utilization: still in the synapse
Rodent see, rodent fear
Setting the mood for love
Summing up the parts of the hypothalamus
Building better biomarkers: brain models in translational neuroimaging
Network neuroscience
Dynamic models of large-scale brain activity
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